5 days in Kaohsiung, Tainan & Taichung Itinerary

5 days in Kaohsiung, Tainan & Taichung Itinerary

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5 days in Kaohsiung, Tainan & Taichung Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Train:  3​h
1
Kaohsiung
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
2
Tainan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taichung
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Taipei

1
night
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
On the 21st (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, then take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre, then make a trip to The Dome of Light, and finally get outside with Ai He (Love River). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Dragon Tiger Tower, then browse the fresh offerings at Freedom Sunset Market, then examine the collection at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guandi Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kaohsiung tour itinerary tool .

Taipei to Kaohsiung is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Taipei in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kaohsiung, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tainan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

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Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Dragon Tiger Tower ©
Dragon Tiger Tower

2
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
You've now added Guanziling Hot Spring to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, admire the striking features of Anping Guanyinting, steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), and finally take in the natural beauty of Guanziling Hot Spring. On the next day, admire the striking features of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), then browse the range of quality goods at Hayashi Department Store, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chongqing Temple.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tainan attractions app .

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Tainan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Tainan, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Tainan

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Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House

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Taichung

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Taichung trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tainan to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tainan in December: high temperatures in Taichung hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taichung

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Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland

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